Day 9: 30 Day Writing Challenge


In 250 words or less, write a storm using senses other than sight

During my writing degree, we were always taught to use multiple senses in our descriptions. Makes the scene more visceral for the reader. Sight is one that I use a lot. It’s the easiest. Which makes this challenge rather, well, challenging for me. Let’s give it a go.

Peta could taste the ozone on her tongue as she scrambled to find shelter, any kind of shelter. Rain drops pelted down, hitting every inch of her that they could find. Her mother’s voice was blaring in her head, reminding her to never ever shelter oneself under a tree during a lightning storm. Something to do with lightning being attracted to the tallest object around.Peta shielded her eyes against the intruding curtains of rain and located the bus shelter, complete with tin roof, that she’d been walking toward before the storm hit. Peta ran for it, slipping and sliding over mud and sodden grass.

The sound of the rain on the roof rendered thought nearly impossible. The thunder didn’t help much either. Not that there was very much to think about, except how cold she was, with rain drops trickling down every crevice they could find. Maybe thought wasn’t really necessary after all. Peta drew her legs up onto the seat and hugged them to her chest, tossing her drenched curls out of her face as best she could, and waited for her bus to arrive.

Final word count: 186

Hmm, not bad I suppose. I mean, it could be better, but given that I’ve been writing nothing but cover letters for the past week, my creativity has become a little stale.

About Bec Graham

Bec Graham, 24, was born on the wrong continent. Everything from her burns-like-paper skin tone to her inability to cope with the slightest hint of a hot day suggests she should have been born under the gloomy skies and mild sun of the UK. She hopes writing will get her to her rightful home one day. Failing that, she scans the skies for a spinning blue police box, hoping to catch a lift back to the motherland.
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2 Responses to Day 9: 30 Day Writing Challenge

  1. Deborah says:

    Oh I like this Bec and sharing reactions to / from multiple senses really helps us visualise Peta. I really liked the slipping and sliding bit cos (I’m not very visual naturally) but could really picture that.

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